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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862078823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862078826
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • An eagerly awaited publishing event... a revealing picture of the inner ape- what lies inside each and every one of us' Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape
  • 'A profoundly illuminating book on humans by a great primatologist' John Gray
  • 'De Waal's prose is as elegant and engrossing as ever' BBC Wildlife magazine
  • 'De Waal's love for the apes comes through strongly in his warm, well written description... De Waal tells a captivating and fascinating tale' Popular Science Review
  • 'De Waal has, accordingly, put new life into a debate that appeared to be running out of steam' Sunday Times
  • Including photographs by the author
  • For further information go to www.ourinnerape.com; author interview on Granta website

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Frans de Waal, Ph.D. is a biologist and ethologist. His 5 previous books, translated into 14 languages, include The Ape and the Sushi Master,/i>, a New York Times, Notable Book, and Peacemaking Among Primates. His research has been funded by NATO, the Guggenheim Foundation, and The National Geographic Society.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Oct. 2010
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I was not really into primatology until i read this book. The way Frans De Wall writes about us, the chimpanzees and bonobos is just mesmerising. Its is well written, easy to read and a facinating topic, with some horrifying and heart warming true tales from his experiences with these apes. I could not put this book down and read it from cover to cover. The little known bonobos come off better than either chimps or us, with their open matriarchal society. It really made me think more about human nature and where we came from!
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This must be one of the most revealing books about human nature that I have ever read. It clearly exposes all our inner conflicts, e.g., between kindness and cruelty, power and submission, sex and prudishness, openess and xenophobia. Moreover, it clearly shows where those conflicts come from, that we share many of them with chimps and/or bonobos, but that in some ways we are unique. The observations and experimental data that Frans De Waal uses to back up his claims range from endearing to absolutely horrible. Absolutely recommended!
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By Steinn on 13 Nov. 2012
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I found this book very informative and apt at putting into a better perspective the very common allegories of apes. The text is concise and to the point although at the same time with plenty of entertaining anecdotes.

Recommendable for all that are interested in social behavior of both our most genetically and phenotypical related species and how these insight translate into knowledge about ourselves.
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